Jamie Foxx said in his first testimony since being hospitalized in April for an unspecified medical emergency that he’s “gone to hell and back” but will “come back”.
“I went through something I thought I’d never go through and I know a lot of people have been waiting or wanting to hear updates but to be honest I just didn’t want you to see me like this,” the “Django Unchained” star said in an emotional three-minute video posted to his Instagram account on Friday (US time).
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“I want you to see me laugh, have fun, party, crack a joke, make a movie or TV show,” he added.
“I didn’t want you to see my hoses coming out of me and I’m trying to figure out if I could make it.”
Foxx, 55, didn’t say why he was taken to the hospital, but said: “I’ve been through hell and back,” adding that “his road to recovery also had some bumps, but I’m coming back and I can work.”
He thanked “everyone who has prayed and sent me messages” and also expressed his gratitude to the “great medical people” who treated him. “I can’t tell you how far it’s taken me and how it’s brought me back,” he said.
He also praised his sister Deidra Dixon and daughter Corinne Foxx, saying they “saved his life.” He added that they “kept it airtight, didn’t let anything out, they protected me.” And that’s what I hope everyone can have in moments like this.”
Corinne broke the news that the actor was recovering in May, nearly a month after being hospitalized while filming in Atlanta.
At the time, he was collaborating with Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz on Back in Action.
Foxx kept a low profile for months, missing the premiere of his latest movie, They Cloned Tyrone, in June.
From now on if you see me outside and every once in a while I just burst into tears it’s because it’s been hard man I’ve been sick man but I’ve got my legs under me now so you’re gonna get me out,” he said.
The post prompted a reaction from some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Kevin Hart who responded to the video by writing, “This video just warmed my soul… Foxx you are needed man. We love you and are with you forever.”
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross also commented, “Sending you so much love!!!”
Foxx shot to the Hollywood A-list for his portrayal of the legendary singer Ray Charles in the biopic “Ray”. The role earned Foxx the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor. He also starred in Ali, Dreamgirls and Miami Vice.